There is nothing wrong and shameful when a person who is in the process of moving towards his/her goal sometimes makes clumsy and faltering steps. The most important thing is that he/she is getting closer to the goal.
Raising kids is probably the most difficult art task. I don’t have kids at this point in my life, but I understand that it is a very serious and important responsibility for everyone who has children.
The process of raising kids is similar in many ways with art process. Even more, raising kids actually is an art activity. An artist is someone who reflects reality through his painting so that other people can look at his creations with the purpose to enjoy, notice something that they didn’t see or didn’t think about before. When an artist expresses the reality he has experienced, he embodies his inner sense and his personality in concrete form.
In this regard, education of children is the same as what any artist does. It means that what you have inside, sooner or later will be displayed in your children. Education is a creative process where one person takes a little basic, but a unique material, and begins to scrupulously create a masterpiece. In this process, the integrity of the artist and his personality are the most important part. It is impossible to create a "masterpiece", if the creator does not relate to the created object. Such an artistic task is complicated by the fact that your lifestyle is more important than what you say and how you look. Because your "masterpiece" that you are creating copies and engages everything that he/she sees before him or her. In addition, he/she reads all of your emotions, and can easily distinguish falseness from of honesty, love from selfishness.
Each artist leaves some fruits of his work, which continue to speak for him after his death. Similarly, children as a legacy, and the result of all that you had invested in them, continue to talk and show who you are or were during life.
Amazingly, each child was born to be a masterpiece. Therefore, adults have an important task to reveal those masterpieces. If people would understand education as a creative process that requires a lot of effort, hard work, sacrifice and integrity, we would live in a different world.
Malaga, June, 2012
By Veniamin Slobodenko who tries to be an artist.